Autodesk Files, Types, Formats, Extensions

Autodesk Files, Types, Formats, Extensions

Extension Name Extension Type Category Dev.Company File Format Description
.3DS File Extension 3D Studio Scene 3D Image Autodesk Binary 3D Image format used by Autodesk 3D Studio; contains mesh data, material attributes, bitmap references, smoothing group data, viewport configurations, camera locations, and lighting information; may also include object Animation data.
.123C File Extension Autodesk 123C Drawing CAD Autodesk Binary CAD model created by 123D, a free 3D CAD drawing program developed by Autodesk; can include multiple parts that make up the overall model; used for drafting and prototyping mesh models, props, and scenery.
.ASE File Extension Autodesk ASCII Scene Export File Text Autodesk Unknown Text File containing 2D or 3D scene information; exported by various Autodesk programs; saved in a text format, which is more compatible with other programs.
.ASC File Extension Autodesk ASCII Export File Text Autodesk Text Text File containing Geometric Shapes and points information; exported by various Autodesk programs; saves data in a text format, which is more compatible with other programs.
.CAS File Extension Total War Model File 3D Image The Creative Assembly Binary 3D Model file used by some Games in the Total War strategy Game series; contains models for buildings, units, and other Game objects; saved with .TGA and .DDS images that are used for texturing the models.
.DXF File Extension Drawing Exchange Format File CAD Autodesk Text Data format developed by Autodesk and used for CAD (computer-aided design) vector image files, such as AutoCAD Documents; similar to the .DWG format, but is more compatible with other programs since it is ASCII (text) based.
.DWF File Extension Design Web Format File 3D Image Autodesk Binary 2D/3D Drawing format developed by Autodesk as a device independent and resolution independent drawing format for distributing designs; saved in a compressed format, which reduces file size; may contain design data, graphics, and text.
.DAE File Extension Digital Asset Exchange File 3D Image Sony XML 3D interchange file format used for exchanging digital assets between multiple graphics programs; based on the COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity) XML schema, which is now owned and developed by Autodesk.
.DLR File Extension finalRender Plugin Plugin cebas Visual Technology Unknown Plugin created by finalRender for Autodesk 3ds Max, a 3D Modeling program for Games, films and other motion graphics entertainment; contains features like shadow and atmosphere effects referenced by Autodesk 3ds Max.
.DRF File Extension VIZ Render File 3D Image Autodesk Binary Discreet Render Format (DRF) file created by VIZ Render, a program included with older versions of Autodesk Architecture; saves a rendered image of buildings or other modeled structures; can be opened in 3ds Max, but can only be created by VIZ Render.
.DXB File Extension Drawing Exchange Binary Vector Image Autodesk Binary Vector image format used by Autodesk AutoCAD; stores 3D CAD Drawings created by AutoCAD, such as building and landscape designs.
.DLO File Extension 3ds Max Plug-in Plugin Autodesk Unknown Plugin file used by Autodesk 3ds Max, a 3D Modeling and Animation program; adds new features to the software, such as importers or exporters for a third-party 3D file formats; enables users to customize software capabilities.
.FBX File Extension Autodesk FBX Interchange File 3D Image Autodesk Unknown 2D or 3D Drawing saved in the Autodesk FBX format; maintains the full fidelity and functionality of the original file and can be manipulated by multiple programs; used for creating interoperability between 3D applications.
.FLC File Extension FLIC Animation Video Autodesk Unknown Animation file based off the .FLI format, but supports larger Movies and other additional features; contains a Movie clip created by Autodesk Animation software, such as Animator Pro; images used in the Animation are compressed with RLE compression to reduce file size.
.FLI File Extension FLIC Animation Video Autodesk Binary Movie or Animation created by Autodesk Animation software, such as Animator Pro; uses lossless compression, which reduces the file size, but maintains the original quality.
.IDW File Extension Inventor Drawing CAD Autodesk Binary 2D or 3D vector-based drawing created by Autodesk Inventor, a program used to design, visualize, and simulate mechanical products; may contain parts (.IPT files), assemblies (.IAM files), and presentation materials (.IPN files).
.IAM File Extension Inventor Assembly File CAD Autodesk Binary 3D CAD Assembly created with Autodesk Inventor; used for designing 3D digital prototypes and integrating 2D AutoCAD Documents into a 3D environment; contains an Assembly of many parts (.IPT) files.
.IPT File Extension Inventor Part File CAD Autodesk Binary Part or object created with Autodesk Inventor, a program for designing three-dimensional prototypes; consists of a single 2D or 3D object that can be combined with other parts in an Assembly (.IAM) file.
.IPJ File Extension Inventor Project File CAD Autodesk XML Project File created by Autodesk Inventor, CAD application used for 3D mechanical design; saved in an XML Format">XML Format and contains reference paths to the files used in an Inventor project; used for locating project files.
.IDV File Extension Inventor Design View File CAD Autodesk Binary Design View file created by Autodesk Inventor, a 3D CAD mechanical design tool; stores a snapshot view of an Assembly (.IAM) file; includes component visibility, viewing angles, magnification, and colors; enables draft reviewing of assemblies.
.MWF File Extension MapGuide Author Map Window File Data Autodesk Binary File created by MapGuide Author, a program used to design maps using CAD and GIS data; contains map descriptions, such as name, styles, colors, layer settings, and a source data Server address; used for storing map configurations and for contacting Autodesk MapGuide Servers to download and display map data.
.MWX File Extension MapGuide Author Map Window XML File GIS Autodesk XML File created by MapGuide Author, a program used to integrate CAD and GIS data and design maps; contains a description of the data covered in a map, including name, layer settings, styles, colors, and a contacting Server address; used for saving map configurations and contacting Autodesk MapGuide Servers to display spatial data.
.MS File Extension Maxwell Script Executable Next Limit Text Script created using Maxwell Render, a program used for photorealistic image generation; contains JavaScript code and can use both the .JS and ".ms" file extensions; used for automating multi-step or logic-driven rendering jobs.
.MLL File Extension Maya Plugin Plugin Autodesk, Inc. Binary Plugin referenced and executed by Autodesk Maya, a 3D Animation program; contains a set of procedures run by the program; functions very similar to a .DLL file.
.MCFI File Extension Maya Initial Fluid Cache File Misc Autodesk Unknown Cache file created by Autodesk Maya, a 3D Modeling program; stores fluid effects, such as liquids, smoke, fire, and clouds in a disk cache so they can be rendered more quickly.
.MCFP File Extension Maya Fluid Cache Playback File Misc Autodesk Unknown Playback cache file generated by Autodesk Maya, a 3D Modeling program; stores fluid effects, such as liquids, smoke, fire, and clouds in a disk cache so they can be played back without needing to be rendered on-the-fly.
.RPS File Extension 3ds Max Render Preset Settings Settings Autodesk Unknown Contains settings for rendering scenes within Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk VIZ; includes room, lighting, and camera information; can be used for rendering multiple 3D scenes or objects with the same settings.
.SDL File Extension Scene Description Language File Data N/A Text File format used by ray tracing, GIS, and mapping programs such as Autodesk MapGuide; specifies the elements required to render a scene, such as models, lights, and Animations; may vary in format depending on the specific implementation of the Scene Description Language (SDL), but is generally stored in ASCII text or XML.
.SET File Extension Alpha Five Set Data Dictionary File Developer Alpha Software Unknown Set Dictionary file created by Alpha Five, an IDE that enables users to develop Web, desktop, and mobile applications; contains a list of all the forms attached to the set and a record entry for every linking definition; created along with .SEM and .SEX linked set files.
.UVW File Extension UVW Coordinates File Data N/A Text File created for Autodesk 3ds Max, a 3D Modeling, rendering, and Animation program; contains mapping coordinates to indicate to the Autodesk 3ds Max program where to cut the .BMP texture map and place it on the object.
.WEA File Extension Ecotect Weather File Data Autodesk Unknown Weather data file used by Autodesk Ecotect, a building Analysis program for designing energy efficient buildings; may also be opened using the Weather Tool, a program used for analyzing and visualizing hourly climate data.
.ZT File Extension Mental Ray Image Depth File 3D Image Autodesk Unknown Contains a depth map for a 3D Model created with Mental Ray, a high-performance rendering engine for generating photorealistic images; recognized by most Autodesk 3D software programs.
.BK1 File Extension Autodesk Backup File Backup Autodesk Binary Backup file created by Autodesk products, including AutoCAD Mechanical, Mechanical Desktop, and AutoCAD Map; stores a .BAK file that has been renamed with the ".bk1" extension; renamed when the Autodesk program terminates unexpectedly.
.123D File Extension Autodesk 123D Drawing CAD Files Autodesk Binary CAD drawing created by 123D, a free 3D CAD design application provided by Autodesk; may contain multiple parts that together comprise the model; can be published to standard raster image formats or to Autodesks .DWG format.
.ARX File Extension AutoCAD Runtime Extension File Plugin Autodesk Binary Extension file created for AutoCAD, a design and engineering application for 2D and 3D products; contains an application component written using Autodesks ObjectARX, an object-oriented API that allows developers to customize and extend AutoCAD using C++, C#, and VB.NET program code.
.DWFX File Extension Design Web Format XPS File CAD Autodesk Unknown 2D or 3D drawing created with Autodesk CAD software; saved in the DWFx format, which is similar to a .DWF file, but is formatted using Microsofts XML Paper Specification (XPS); may contain 3D design data, object properties, and metadata.
.F3D File Extension Fusion 3D Design 3D Image Autodesk 360 Unknown 3D design file created by Autodesk Fusion 360, a cloud-based 3D CAD design tool; contains your 3D design created by the latest mechanical and industrial design tools designs.
.MNL File Extension AutoCAD Menu LISP File Misc Autodesk Text User interface file used by AutoCAD, an engineering and architecting design program; contains expressions that manipulate the user interface elements; written in Autodesks proprietary AutoLISP language, which is based on LISP.

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